This November, communities and organizations across the country will be joining together to support Diabetes Awareness Month. Currently, there are millions of Americans who are living with some form of diabetes, and this number is only expected to grow over the next few decades. In short, there has never been a more important time to raise further awareness for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Right now, national advocacy groups for diabetes are working together to encourage more communities to take the necessary steps to ensure the ongoing health of our future generations.
Re-Focusing the Nation’s Attention this November
The odds are that diabetes has affected someone you know like a close friend or even a family member. Frankly, there are a large number of families around the United States that have been affected by juvenile diabetes or adult-onset diabetes, and this is exactly why events like Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day are so important. Organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, and the International Diabetes Federation stay busy all year around in order to promote further awareness for all forms of diabetes, but the month of November serves as such a crucial part in their continued efforts. There will be a number of new programs introduced throughout Diabetes Awareness Month which should help to re-focus the nation’s attention on a multitude of current issues that the diabetic community faces.
If you are interested in getting involved this year, you will not have to look far. All over the country, communities, businesses, organizations, and schools will be holding their own events for diabetes awareness. Be sure to keep your eye out for new educational material during this month as well, since many advocates will be looking to provide valuable resources on diabetes control and prevention.
A Quick Peek at World Diabetes Day
This year, plenty of families will come together to celebrate Thanksgiving on the 22nd, but you may also want to mark down the 14th on your calendar. Why? It is World Diabetes Day! This is a great event that was started by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in 1991. The event was originally created in response to mounting concerns regarding the growing number of people with diabetes in the world. Since its establishment, World Diabetes Day has been helping to promote diabetes awareness and education around the entire globe.
The United Nations officially recognized World Diabetes Day in 2007 with the passage of the UN Resolution 61/225. This global campaign has done quite a lot to ensure that this disease remains planted firmly in the public spotlight by drawing more attention to the really important issues for diabetics. For instance, the International Diabetes Federation is now looking to address the significant need for more innovative diabetes prevention programs and education.
A Day in the Life of Diabetes
In the spirit of innovation, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is going to be launching their own interactive online campaign in conjunction with CVS Pharmacies, one of the primary sponsor’s of Diabetes Awareness Month this year. The “Day in The Life of Diabetes” campaign has been designed to provide a first-hand glimpse of the growing impact that these diseases have on so many American lives.
The ADA is looking to utilize social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter in order to expand the programs reach to as broad an audience as possible. This innovative campaign is meant as a call to action for any community that has been affected by diabetes; it is time to take a stand in order to show your support of the Stop Diabetes movement.
The American Diabetes Association has been asking people to share any pictures they may have on their Facebook and Twitter pages, in order to show the public what “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” really means. Without a doubt, this campaign will surely help more people see how this disease can impact the lives of so many.